Chat with a fan: An introduction

Afternoon all, this season I’ll be talking to as many Bolton fans as I can, asking them the same questions. I’ll be doing the bulk of these interviews early on in the season (ie. now) so it’ll be interesting to see how predictions for the season may have changed! Today’s episode features the WanderersWave – a fellow blogger. Here is what he had to say.

Why do you support Bolton?

It’s in the family – my dad and grandad were Bolton fans. When I was very young (5 – 7 years old) I actually supported United, just because I had some strange obsession with David Beckham. Then I sat in the home end at the Reebok for Bolton vs Man united when I was about 8. The atmosphere of the home crowd turned me into a Bolton fan that day. I could feel myself willing Bolton to score on every attack. Despite losing to the Red Devil’s, I still changed my allegiance.

What has been your favourite game?

In recent memory you can’t really look past the final game of last season vs Peterborough. But overall it has to go back to premier league days. I remember having a very good record against Arsenal for a couple of seasons. We beat them at the Reebok 3-1 if I remember correctly. Other memorable games include beating Newcastle 5-0 at home, I brought a Spanish friend to this game, which gave him the best possible impression of the super white army. Also I remember being 2-0 up against Spurs, only for them to equalise, before we got a 3rd goal to win it 3-2. What a feeling.

Who has been your favourite player of all time?

Has to be the Greek hero, Stelios Giannakopoulos. Jay-Jay was great but Stelios had that quiet confidence as opposed to Okocha’s more flamboyant style. I could relate to that more and he always gave his all for the team. I remember him scoring a header against Arsenal in the cup he must have been the smallest man on the pitch. Legend.

Prediction for this season?

I trust Parkinson. We’ve needed a manager who is more defensively minded since Big Sam left. I think we’ll survive, perhaps spend a month or two in the bottom 3 early on, but gather momentum to take us to a comfortable 14th place.

Thanks to WanderersWave. If you’d like to be involved in this project, let us know in the comments


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